Letters from the Issue of December 18, 2008

Ugliness or Fact

He just wants to inform the haters: On December 11, Altaf Ali, executive director of the Florida Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), was quoted in Miami New Times denouncing the award-winning documentary Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West. As the producer of this film, I appreciate the opportunity to set the record straight.

Obsession paints an accurate picture of radical Islam and the dangers it presents to the security of the United States. The Muslim extremists who have hijacked Islam to incite hatred, violence, human rights abuses, and the murder of innocent people are hell-bent on replacing Western values with a system of oppression. I am glad to hear a prominent member of CAIR speaking out against radical Islam. I fear, however, that Mr. Ali is merely paying lip service to this issue in hopes of burnishing the image of his organization and silencing legitimate debate.


Che Guevara

CAIR has launched a public relations offensive to smear Obsession as hate speech. Nothing could be further from the truth. At the outset of the film, there is a clear statement that Obsession is not about the moderate Muslims who are peaceful.

With the U.S. economy slumping into recession, there are some people in this country who would like to wish away the terrorist threat. The terrorists, who have tentacles in every corner of the world and a burning obsession to wage jihad, would like nothing more than for the United States to retreat from leading the global war against terrorism. When radical Islamists such as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declare they want to destroy America and wipe Israel from the face of the Earth, they mean it. CAIR does the American people, including the moderate Muslims who live in this nation, a great disservice in trying to muzzle an honest discussion about this threat.

It is not anti-Muslim to educate the American people about the dangers of radical Islam. The question the news media and policymakers should be asking is: Why is CAIR afraid of this film?

Raphael Shore

New York

More Hate

Ill will: Tim Elfrink's December 11 story "Chez Che" raised an interesting question: Whom do I hate more? People who wear Che shirts, or right-wing Cubans from Miami? No need to decide. I have plenty of hate to go around.

Martin Rheaume

Via web commentary

Ugliness: I consider Che Guevara a butcher, a serial killer, and a sore loser. Bringing Steven Soderbergh's new picture Che to Miami is meant to provoke his victims.

Rene Alvarez

Via web commentary

Nasty speech: Judge Che yourself — in his own words:

• "Executions? Yes, we have executed, we are executing, and we will continue to execute as long as it's necessary. Our fight is a fight to the death."

• "We will bring the war to the imperialist enemy's very home ... to his places of work and recreation. We must never give him a minute of peace or tranquility. We'll attack him wherever we find him."

• "The imperialist enemy must feel like a hunted animal wherever he moves. Thus we'll destroy him! These hyenas are fit only for extermination. We must keep our hatred alive and fan it to paroxysm!"

• "If the missiles had remained, we would have used them against the very heart of America, including New York. We must never establish peaceful coexistence. In this struggle to the death between two systems, we must gain the ultimate victory. We must walk the path of liberation even if it costs millions of atomic victims."

John Mansfield

Via web commentary

Hypocritical ugliness: That loser uttered "heroic" words before surrendering — like the coward rat he was — to the Bolivian army. That day, the quaking "guerrilla hero" was prompted to say, "Don't shoot! I'm Che! I'm worth more to you alive than dead!"

Fidel sent Che to a certain death in Bolivia. He just used that moron while he needed him.

Eduardo Sanjurjo

Via web commentary


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